Over 100 people were shot in Chicago during Father’s Day weekend and at least 14 of those shot ended up dying.
So far in 2020, this was the most violent weekend in Chicago.
According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, 104 people were shot between June 19 to June 22, with several shootings take place early in the morning of June 22.
Of these random shootings that took place in Chicago, a number of them claimed the lives of children.
“Bullets don’t just tear apart the things they strike,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said during a press conference June 21 addressing the surge in gun violence. “Bullets also tear apart families. Bullets destroy neighborhoods and they ruin any sense of safety in a community.”
“Good men throughout this city should be celebrating with their families on a beautiful day, but instead, a number of Chicagoans will be spending Father’s Day grieving the loss of their children,” he continued, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.
“These kids are not criminals,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan noted, making reference to some of the children who fell prey to gunfire, according to ABC 7. “They are not gang members. They have nothing to do with the ongoing disputes out there and they just get gunned down for no reason at all.”
“A line was crossed,” declared the Reverend Ira Acree of Greater St. John Bible Church.“This is a horrific Father’s Day. This 3-year-old baby lost his life. … I could not pastor this community and not say something.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also chimed in about the violence. She went on Twitter and said: “Our city’s collective heart breaks to hear the unfathomable news of a 3-year-old boy who was shot and killed tonight on Chicago’s West Side. There are simply no words to describe such a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice to shoot at a toddler.”
Like many urban centers, Chicago has embraced a lax on crime approach that makes it easier for criminals to have their way against law-abiding people.
Last year, Cook County deleted its gang database out of fear that it depicted prejudiced stats about crime.
It also doesn’t help that Chicago has some of the most stringent gun control laws of any city in America.
Should the combination of the aforementioned policies stay in place, Chicago will continue to be one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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